When Jamie Oliver presented his TED prize wish, he didn’t just focus on milk.  He focused on all food – and our ignorance of it.  He wants to teach every child about food, about its primal place in our homes and about how obesity and related diseases are 100% preventable. In his amazing talk, Oliver presents astounding statistics such as: -Four Americans die from the food they eat every 18 minutes. -2/3 of Americans are statistically overweight or obese -Parents today are giving their kids 10 year shorter life spans, all because of the foods they eat. Watch the talk to find out the simpleRead More →

Diana Nyad may not be a swan, but she definitely is a-swimming!  In the 1970s, she set swimming records that are still unbroken.  Then a few years ago, after turning 60, she set out on the longest swim of her life, from Cuba to Florida. In her TEDMED talk from October 2011, Nyad spoke of mentally and physically preparing herself for this swim.  Over and above the physical ability to swim for up to 60 hours straight, there was preparing for hypothermia,dehydration, sharks, jellyfish, pain suffering and the shear loneliness of the journey.  She tells of how, at two hours in, she was attacked byRead More →

MacArthur winner Sendhil Mullainathan uses the lens of behavioral economics to study a tricky set of social problems — those we know how to solve, but don’t. We know how to reduce child deaths due to diarrhea, how to prevent diabetes-related blindness and how to implement solar-cell technology … yet somehow, we don’t or can’t. Why?Read More →